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Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the eastern most point of Australia 's mainland on the New South Wales ' north coast. It is famous for its alternative lifestyles and attracts people from all walks of life. Captain James Cook named the area on May 15, 1770. He named the area Byron after John Byron, the grandfather of Lord Byron (the famous poet) and a navigator. Byron Bay was once a whaling station and is still a popular stop for tourists to go whale watching and experience some of the world's best eco tourism. It is now home to people from all socio economic levels and is a world class holiday resort with its magnificent beaches. Byron Bay has a subtropical climate all year with the cooling coastal winds in summer a relief. Cape Byron is a 107 meter high rocky promontory at Australia 's most eastern point. It protects Byron Bay and the Cape Byron lighthouse stands tall upon its top. Its light beams more than 40 km out to sea to warn sailors to beware of the treacherous coastline. While you explore the Byron Bay area, take a walk to the top of the Cape and take in the breathtaking views. If you are feeling really brave, try jumping off and hang glide your way to the bottom. Take a stroll from the lighthouse through 47 ha of remnant vegetation down to the old whaling station at the coast. During July and September, you can watch the humpback whales migrating off the coast. The Julian Rocks Marine Park is an underwater wonderland for divers to explore. It is where temperate and tropical currents meet. This area became part of Cape Byron Marine Park in 2002. Byron Bay is a place of mystery, myth and legend. Stories of the sailors and the traditional owners of the land are legendary. It is famous for relaxed its lifestyle and has many interesting people living in the area. Throughout the Byron Shire, you will find the markets in towns like Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay. These local markets come alive with singers, dancers and musicians while the local falafel vendor competes for customers against the hot dog seller next door. And hand in hand with this cultural mix come the music and the music festivals. The accommodation is as diverse as the locals. Staying at Byron gives you the best of both worlds with the Gold Coast only 40 minutes up the road.